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Jun 23, 2016
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Unusual synonyms

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poecilonym
nephalism
tachyphylaxis
nullifidian
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nullifidian

PRONUNCIATION:
(nuhl-uh-FID-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
noun: An atheist: a person who has no religious faith or belief in god(s).
adjective: Having no faith or belief.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin nullus (no) + fides (faith). Earliest documented use: 1564.

USAGE:
“Riding a backlash against centuries of Puritanism and uptight strictures, we’ve turned nullifidian.”
Royson James; On Casino Question, Let the People Decide; Toronto Star (Canada); Apr 23, 2013.

“This [the Internet] is where like-minded folk of a nullifidian bent come together, as demonstrated by the extraordinary success of a campaign to raise money for Britain’s first atheist advertisements.”
Jemima Lewis; Thank Heaven for a British Faith in Bet-Hedging; The Sunday Telegraph (London, UK); Oct 26, 2008.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. -Richard Bach, writer (b. 23 Jun 1936)

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